BBL 2018/19 52nd Match: Wade secures home semi-final for the Hurricanes

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Matthew Wade was named Man of the Match for his knock of 58

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Hobart Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade secured a home semi-final for his side after he smashed a superb 58 to lead them to a 16-run win over the Melbourne Renegades.

Being put in to bat first, the Hurricanes got off to a brilliant start as Wade and D’Arcy Short amassed an 87-run partnership, during which Wade brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Tom Cooper at deep midwicket off the bowling of Kane Richardson for a 30-ball 58, which included six boundaries and four sixes.

Richardson struck again two balls later as Short was caught by Chris Tremain at backward point for 28.

Caleb Jewell and George Bailey fell shortly after, while Simon Milenko hammered a quickfire 27 before he was caught by Richardson at deep square leg off the bowling of Harry Gurney.

Even though Jofra Archer was caught behind for three runs, Ben McDermott’s unbeaten 39 off 30 balls helped the Hurricanes finish on 183/6.

Richardson and Gurney picked up two wickets apiece, while Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 184 to win, Hurricanes seamer Riley Meredith conceded 23 runs in the first over, including 17 runs off one ball as he bowled a series of no-balls and gave away five wides as well.

However, Renegades opener Marcus Harris only scored three runs before he was dismissed by Archer.

Skipper Aaron Finch managed to make 35 before he was caught by McDermott at deep midwicket off the bowling of Qais Ahmad.

Once Finch was gone, the Renegades began to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Even though Cooper walloped a 34-ball 44 in a bid to keep his side in contention, his efforts went in vain as the Renegades ended up falling short of their target as they finished on 167/8.

Archer, Qais and Short took two wickets apiece, while Meredith and David Moody claimed one wicket each.

Wade was named Man of the Match.

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